Sunday, December 19, 2010

~Meet Marian from Sweetopia~



Hello Everyone, hope you all had a great week and are doing just wonderful.
It is the last Sunday before Christmas, I've been baking for the last several nights and
today I have to make 2 batches of decorated cookies and one gift box, but before I get into the kitchen I wanted to share with you a really special treat.
  I'm more than honoured to introduce
   Marian from Sweetopia
I'm pretty sure you've heard about Marian more than once or twice. Marian is an editor of a  beautifully designed  website Sweetopia, she is also a member of University of Cookie.
when you visit her site  you want to hug it all, it radiates with beautiful decorated cookies, ideas and tutorials you really can't miss. 
I remember I first met Marian on flickr, where she posted her Gingerbread Houses , they really blew me away. Her precision and details on them is really remarkable,  I've been a fan of her work ever since.
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Marian was kind enough to answer my 10 Question Interview today, along the way I will be sharing some of her favorite photos from her gallery as well.



1.Your favorite Cookie Cutter Shape and why?
Marian : "My favorite cookie cutter shape has to be the simple circle.  Ever since I’ve begun using the KopyKake projector I’ve used this shape as the backdrop to numerous designs."

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2. I love bargains and I read on your blog you have the same wonderful addiction, what was your coolest find? 
Marian: "My coolest find was without a doubt, a bag of cookie cutters for $2.00 at a garage sale!"

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 3.Do you have a nick name?
Marian: "Not that I know of!"  ;-)  

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4. How did you get involved with University of Cookie ?
Marian : "When she first created it, the lovely Bridget from Bake at 350 contacted me and simply asked if I wanted to be a part of it." 
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5. You are  a Disco Dust Queen, do you have a favorite  supplier and color that you like to use the most when decorating your sweets?
Marian : "Definitely rainbow disco dust; it’s kind of clear and can match any design I’m working on.   My favorite on-line supplier is Amazon, and my favorite “local“ supplier is the Bonnie Gordon School in Toronto.  I’ll make the long drive at least once or twice a year to see what she’s got."
 
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  6. What  did you have for lunch today?
Marian : "Kind of boring! Ham and cheese sandwich, carrot sticks and tangerines."

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  7. I read health and wellness are really important to you, I always have trouble balancing all the baking, cookie, cupcake making  with a healthy diet; do you have any tips on how to safely balance two ?
Marian :"It is difficult, especially when I’m looking at or working with sweets on a regular basis!  Being healthy is important to me though, so I’ve found a few things which have helped:
·       Always eat breakfast.  - Mon-Friday I have oatmeal with fruit, a banana, and on the way to work, peppermint tea. (Or even just hot water.  I know, old lady already. Lol).
·       Eat every 2-3 hours so that I never get too hungry.  If I’m feeling ravenous I’ll eat anything in front of me, especially sweets.
·       Try to eat at least 5-7 servings of fruit and veggies every day.
·       Drink lots of water
·       Eat at least one piece of chocolate per day, or, eat dessert, but eat a smaller portion of it.  – Believe me, I don’t have to force myself to do this one.  I find that it’s easier for me not to over-indulge if I allow myself to eat what I want.
·       If I do make bad food choices don’t beat myself up over it.  - Let’s just say, I do get random cravings for the McDonald’s Big Mac and fries.  I’m working on making better choices more often, but I don’t deny myself if I really want to eat something.  I just try and make good food choices for the most part.
·       Get my heart rate up 3-4 times per week – Whether it’s a walk/hiking, snowshoeing, swimming, running (mostly in the warmer months), dancing, yoga, whatever; I find something I like to do to get my exercise in.  I aim for at least 3-4 times per week, for a minimum of 20-30 minutes.  I really I’d like to do more, but it’s often hard to find a balance with time. 

I still haven’t perfected it by any means.  Because of the blog especially, I find that I’m sitting on the computer more than I used to, so I definitely need to find ways (or time), to exercise more.  A friend and I have signed up for a half marathon in Toronto for this May; I find that giving myself a goal helps me keep motivated and focused."

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8.What can’t  be missing on your Christmas Table?
Marian : "Dessert."

 9. Is there anything in the Sugar Art World that you are intimidated by?
Marian : "I still feel a bit hesitant about cakes.  I’ve taken a few classes and made cakes here and there, but still feel like I need a lot more practice to feel comfortable."

 10. Gift you’ll never forget? 
Marian : "A good friend of mine took the time throughout last year to collect all sorts of sweet-related little gifts for me; from cookie Christmas tree ornaments, to cupcake measuring spoons, a pretty cake platter and more.  When she gave them all to me last Christmas I was overwhelmed at her thoughtfulness and generosity; so sweet!"


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Marian, thank you very much for answering my questions today and for sharing your Sugar Art.
I'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, I can't wait to see more of your wonderful ideas and really well thought through tutorials.

~ All the best in 2011~

If you haven't already, visit Sweetopia for more ideas, tutorials and inspiration.


Note : All the Photographs  above are  the property of Sweetopia
Please Do not Reproduce in anyway without owner's permission.
Thank you.


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11 comments:

  1. You are BOTH so talented! I'm in awe!

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  2. Hi Haniela, Your blog is very inspiring and great recipes! love your post and the interview with Marian from Sweetopia! love her work I am sure she is great in cakes also she is such an amazing, talented person and such an inspiration.

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  3. Lizzy, thank you.

    Rowaida,
    thank you and I agree Marian is really an amazing person, and it shows in everything she does.

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  4. Marian is the sweetest (no pun intended!) lady! I've emailed her several times about tips, techniques, & advice and she graciously and promptly answers all of my questions. I aspire to be half as good a decorator as she is! I <3 her work!
    I hope I'll be fortunate enough to meet her in person someday!

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  5. You and Marian are "two peas in a pod" as far as talent goes! Great interview. I love her work too!

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  6. Great interview! I love Marian!

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  7. I knew it! This was fun! Loving these posts!

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  8. Wonderful interview Hani.... Marian is just fabulous!! You're both "Cookie Queens" :)

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  9. Great interview! I agree Marian's work is fab!

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  10. What a great way to get to know Marian :) thanks!

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  11. Marion is so talented I sometimes just cant even get my head around the amazing things she does... I could look at her pictures and creations all day long!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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